Julia Hobsbawm OBE
honorary visiting professor, Cass Business School; founder, Editorial Intelligence; author, Fully Connected: Social Health in an Age of Overload

Julia Hobsbawm is an entrepreneur and writer who addresses the problems and solutions of humans in the machine ages. She was described in 2019 by James Harding, founder of Tortoise Media and former editor of The Times and BBC News, as ‘one of the most important public intellectuals in the UK’. Julia speaks to global audiences ranging from the OECD and EU to financial institutions and corporations about how to meet the challenges ahead. Julia sits on the advisory boards of The European Workforce Institute and the workplace app Guild, and is a columnist for Strategy + Business Magazine and a contributor to The British Academy’s Future of the Corporation project. Her book, Fully Connected: Social Health in an Age of Overload, was shortlisted for Management Book of the Year 2018 and Business Book of the Year 2018. Her new book, The Simplicity Principle, will be published in April in the UK and US.

Julia was awarded an OBE for services to business in 2015. She founded the knowledge networking business Editorial Intelligence, which pioneered new diverse network thinking and the ideas conference Names Not Numbers, The Comment Awards and the technology conference and podcast series The Human and the Machine. Julia has made several BBC programmes on networks and networking, and is a regular commentator and broadcaster around the world. She is a patron of The Zoe Education Trust, and the Facial Surgery Research Foundation.

Follow Julia on Twitter: @juliahobsbawm


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